Does anyone homeschool their kids here in part because of their allergies? Thanks..

On Jul 28, 2004

We considered it. I definitely admire those who do and can. I homeschooled our oldest son (not PA) for a year. I don't regret that year but found that I was having constant anxiety attacks. It isn't something that works for us, but I wish it could.

All the best to you if you decide to homeschool. There are some good support websites out there for homeschoolers.

Take care,

On Jul 28, 2004

We homeschool our son. Between multiple food allergies, asthma, GI issues and occasional migraines, he simply would be missing too much school otherwise. It's not for everyone, but it's also not as daunting as it initially may appear. There are entire school programs available, and some public libraries also carry the local school curriculum. In addition, there are local homeschooling groups that get kids together for field trips, socializing and the like. Our son likes it and is doing well. Happy to answer any other questions you may have.

On Jul 28, 2004

We still have a few years untill dd is in school but because of dd being contact reactive and having such severe ana. reactions I have already began thinking about homeschooling. Although, two days ago dh brought up sending her to a private school that would probably work better with our allergy requests. So, we will first check into private schools and then have homeschooling as a back up. I have alot of cousins that were/are homeschooled and always thought positve things about it.


On Jul 28, 2004

We homeschool too. Personnally I think anyone could homeschool *IF* they choose to, but no one should be forced to homeschool. It's a lifestyle, not a 8:30 to 3 job. If you choose the lifestyle freely, chances are you'll love homeschooling. If it's forced on you, you may resent it.

On Jul 28, 2004

We are returning to homeschooling this year. My son wanted to try school last year, but he prefers homeschooling.

On Jul 28, 2004

We homeschool. Takes away a good portion of PA concerns for us. If you have the desire, it's definitely worth looking into. E-mail me if you have any specific questions. Jessica

On Jul 29, 2004

We homeschool in part for the allergies, but for the many other positive benefits as well. This is our second year and as a family we love it. We have a large support group in our community and even classes for hs'ers at our Y. I never realised how much anxiety I had about my childrens safety in school until I had them safe at home with me. We love the flexibility it provides us. If anyone has any questions feel free to email me.

On Jul 29, 2004

we homeschool because of allergies, and other reasons too. I'm not liking it much though and my kids always say they want to go to regular school. we won't quit though.

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On Jul 30, 2004

We are planning on homeschooling, but did not even think about it before ds' PA.

The more I looked into it, the greater it seemed so if by chance he outgrows PA, I think we will still homeschool.

------------------ Tina Trevor age 2 -PA Harmony age 1 -Asthma, EA Trace Michael-born June 18, 2004!!

On Jul 30, 2004

I will be homeschooling all three of my children starting next week. Two of my children are severely PA. Two of my children have asthma. So, yes, their allergies played in my decision to homeschool. I am looking forward to a great school year. I am just taking homeschooling one year at a time.

Also, just a note to Attlun, All of the private schools here that I checked with, do not have to make accomodations for PA/food allergy children. I do not know of any private school that receives federal money so therefore the 504 could not be enacted. If this is incorrect, I know someone will let me know (LOL).

On Aug 9, 2004

Question for gw_mom3. I have a PA son and a positive skin test/negative rast test PA daughter. My son is in a private Kindergarten this year (half day) but I am looking at homeschooling next year. I have been to a "Homeschool Expo" and have actually been considering homeschooling since he was born, so obviously it is not because of PA, but that is another good reason to Homeschool. I am also applying at a Christian School that I absolutely think is the best available. My dh is not excited about homeschooling because he feels with two other toddlers at home, the house, and other responsibilities coupled with our son's outgoing and also strong personality that it will be too much. We both would prefer the Christian School, but there is no guarantee of acceptance, so I am working on the back-up plan (homeschooling). My sister-in-law homeschools but she was a teacher before having children. I'm curious why you are not enjoying homeschooling. Would you share little about the negatives (for you), please?

On Aug 9, 2004

I had considered it last year after my son's year in grade K. I had gotten a lot of good information from people on this board. I just couldn't decide if I wanted to take my 10 year old out as well as my 6 yr old and then soon my 3 yr old.

I really loved the benefits from it and I admire the people that choose to do it. But, my school was very accommodating and so far the school year is starting off well.

Good luck in your decision.


On Aug 9, 2004

We homeschool our 2 sons (7 1/2 year old with mfa's and 10 year old with no food allergies). We love it!!! We had always been interested in homeschooling, but the food allergies spurred us on to do it. We started homeschooling my younger son, and then when we were confident in what we were doing, allowed my older son to choose if he would also homeschool, which he did, as he saw what younger ds was doing and jumped at the opportunity (he completed 2nd grade in public school).

We love the lifestyle. There is time to really delve into what they want to learn. Time for family activities. We are able to really guide and be involved in our children's lives, and they have input into their academic progress and focus.

I agree that you only should homeschool if that is the educational and lifestyle choices that you want for your family. Schools should provide a safe environment for all students.

Some things that seem to make homeschooling work: 1) that you really enjoy spending lots of time with your kids; everybody loves their kids, but with homeschooling you are with them often and this includes all aspects of them, quirks and all.

2) that you live in an area that has lots of homeschoolers, plenty of various activities, classes, and lots of nearby places of interest (museums, recreation leagues, pools, community centers, libraries, etc). There are over 1 million homeschoolers in the USA (I'm sure other countries have similar numbers), so unless you live in a very rural area, you are certain to be able to connect with some.

3) you have a child or children who can work independently or with each other on certain things. This can usually be taught, and will allow you some time for the various life and personal tasks.

4) As they get older, they become very helpful. It is now much easier to shop with my 10 and 7 1/2 year olds, as they push and load the cart, bag groceries, and carry bags into the house to unload. This is true of most everyday things now that they are older (if you include them in the day-to-day when they are young, although it is sort of a pain, they learn and become helpful thereafter).

5) Every aspect of life is a learning experience. We don't just "do school", but learn in many other ways. They do volunteer work and help in our community. This creates a feeling of real worth for children.

6) Financial concerns can sometimes be met in other ways. Some people work part time, alternate with spouse, work from home, or are able to spend a lot less and be really, really, conservative with money. I started a business and work my own hours (sometimes from home, sometimes with the kids, and sometimes I go out before they are up in the morning)- maybe some day my husband will work for himself and we will all be free agents.

*** But I don't feel that by homeschooling that my mfa child is necessarily safer. We are in various environments every day, so he has been taught about his allergies and knows how to stay as safe as he can. Would he be safe at school? At 7 1/2, he is more knowledgable than most adults about food allergies. I'm sure that he would be fine. But, I wouldn't put either of my children in school. Not that the public school was horrible, but I see how they learn and thrive. They are excited to learn! I see how the many homeschoolers in our area learn and thrive. They have a love-of-learning and enthusiasm that is allowed to blossom with homeschooling.

Take care, Andrea

On Aug 9, 2004

Try this site


Also, a good book on homeschooling is by Lisa Rivera, called Creative Homeschooling for Gifted Children (not sure this is the exact title).

[This message has been edited by ACBaay (edited August 09, 2004).]

On Aug 9, 2004


Originally posted by CC'S MOM: [b] I'm curious why you are not enjoying homeschooling. Would you share little about the negatives (for you), please?[/b]

I think the main reason is lack of support. My husband supports it, of course, but I can't find any local homeschoolers and don't know how to find them. I have joined a homeschool email group for my state but there is no one within 2 hours of me. I have asked at the public schools and they will not give me any information. I've asked around at other places with no luck. I found the "local" homeschool support group but it is over an hour away and it would be difficult for me to go to the meetings (which, btw, include food so I wouldn't feel comfortable taking my kids, especially my pa/tna dd) because of their schedule. When I called them they weren't very sympathetic to my situation (the allergy situation or the lack of support) so I wasn't very impressed.

As for the actual schooling, it's taken a while to find a curriculum that works for us. The only way to do that around here is to keep trying different ones which is very expensive and can be very frustrating-we can't afford to buy two different ones for a year because we decide one is not to our liking. So we had to suffer through it and hope that we find something better the following year. There is no homeschool convention near us. I really do live way out in the sticks-I'm in one of those areas where even the internet service providers don't have access and we are lucky that our local phone company offers dialup or else we wouldn't have internet at all.

The other thing is I had 1 child doing schoolwork where she needed my help constantly (K and 1st grade) with 2 others vying for my attention. Now my oldest is doing 3rd grade work and my younger two are doing 1st grade work. I still need to help them all a lot and it gets a bit overwhelming. This year my oldest is going to use SOS which is all on the computer so I'm hoping that frees me up a little to teach the younger two. Also I'm not really very disciplined-it's so easy to give in to the kids wanting to go outside instead of doing lessons and we did it far too much last year, which is why we're way behind now, at the start of the new year. I'm just going to have to commit to getting caught up and staying caught up this year and from here on out.

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